Fulfill all that you wish by visiting Mankadu Kamakshi Amman temple for six weeks and offer the worship according to the prescribed method. That Goddess would fulfill all your wishes.
(Compiled by Sri.P.R.Ramachander from the book “Mangattin aru chuvai” written by Amman Swaminathan and Sami iyer and published By Amman publishers.)
Monday,Wednesday,Thursday and Saturdays : 6 AM - 1.30 PM
3 PM - 9.30 PM
Sunday,Tuesday and Fridays : 5 AM - 10 PM (Without Break)
Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Saturday: 11 AM - 12.45 PM\
There is also a golden chariot which is drawn round the temple every day between 6.30 Pm and 7.30 PM.
Telephone of the temple administration : 91 44 26790053 / 26791883
Mangadu(Forest of Mango trees) is a village which is 20 Km from the great city of Chennai. There is the famous temple of “Thapas Kamakshi” in this place . There is a story behind this great temple
It Seems once Goddess Parvathi playfully closed the eyes of Lord Shiva. Due to this the entire world became dark . The very angry Lord Shiva cursed the Goddess that she would have to live in earth. When she begged the Lord, he told her to go to Mangadu and do Thapas(penance) and by that she can join him back .The Goddess Went to Mangadu and started doing Thapas. But inspite of doing it for long time she was not able to realize any results. So she raised five huge fires and in the middle stood with one leg and started doing Thapas. She stood with the thumb of her left leg touching the fire, with her her right feet raised and kept over the knee of the left leg , With Japa Malai (rosary) in her right hand which she held over her head and with her left hand touching her belly .She also closed her eyes. The entire world started getting burnt due to the heat produced by her Thapas . When Lord Shiva wanted to appear before her , he also wanted to appear before sage Shukra who was doing Thapas in Kanchipuram. So he requested The Goddess to come to Kanchipuram to marry him. The marriage was celebrated in a grand scale there . The form in Mangadu came to be known as “Thapas Kamakshi”
And the form in Kanchi is known as “Kalyana Kamakshi” . But it seems the Goddess forgot to put out the five fires over which she was doing Thapas,Due to this no one was able to even go near this temple. Hearing This Adhi Sankara went to this temple and consecrated a Sri Chakra in the form of Ardha Meru using eight herbs. It seems most of the problems were solved but still large number of people were scared to go near the temple .Our Maha Periyavaa who knew about this visited , Shifted the THapas Kamakshi to the left side of the temple and in the sanctum sanctorum , he consecrated a very peaceful form of the Goddess holding a parrot and a sugarcane which was made of Pancha loha.She is called the “Adhi Kamaksjhi” and Thapas Kamakshi sanctum is on the left side
The six week worship of the goddess
In the first week the devotee goes to the temple with two lime fruits , coconut , thamboola , nbanana as well as camphor and gives to the priest. After Pooja the priest returns after Worship one lime fruit to the devotee along wioth Prasada. Then the devotee should worship the lime fruit given to him/her for a week. He should sing the the song of the first week (Given below.It is believed that the Goddess herself composed these songs) during that week. After a week , the devotee should go to the temple with three lime fruits. Two lime fruit are returned which he/she should worship singing the second weeks song. After six weeks apart from coconut, banana and other pooja materials , the devotee should take along with him/her a flower garland , boiled milk and sugar candy(Kalkandu) , Pure edible camphor(Pachai karpooram) and honey.. At that time the priest would not give back any lime fruit. The milk given back should be distributed to the devotees inside the temple then itself.It is believed that whatever the devotee desires would be fulfilled.
Devotees believe that going on the same day every week but due to circumstances it may not be possible , So going one day weekly should be aimed at.
Male devotees who want to get a job or promotion should are advised to go on every Tuesdays. Girls who want to get married are advised are advised to go either on Tuesdays/Fridays /Sundays.. They are also advised to tie an yellow thread in the designated place outside the temple.Ladies wanting to have children are advised to go on Fridays .They are also advised to tie a baby cradle or a cloth with a stone inside it on the tree outside the temple
I am giving below the six week songs and their meaning. Though Ragas are prescribed , they can also be chanted in a folk style.
The six week songs to worship Kamakshi of Mangadu-Set I
First week song
Anadhai Naan, adharippai
(I am an orphan, support me)
Anadai naan , adarippai, Amma,
akilanda nayakiye , AAdhi Parashakthi neeye
I am orphan, support me mother,
The goddess of all universe,
You are the primeval divine power.
1.Kavalai theerkkum karpagamai , kanchiyile vilangukindray,
Kalamellam nalam perave kasiyile veethu iruppay,
Manidarkku vazhvalikka madhurayile amarnthiruppai-nam
Mana kurayai theerpadarke , Mankadil vadiveduthay. (Anadai Naan)
You are shining in Kanchi as the Karpagam who removes all worries,
For providing comforts always , you are there in Benares,
For giving comforts of life to humans you are sitting in Madhurai,
And for solving the wants of our mind you were born in Mangadu.
2.Aaru varam thodarnthu vanangiduven unnai Amma,
Arul mari pozhindhiduvay , agathil nirainthiduvay,
Yen kurayai nee arivay , yen thuyaram nee Unarvay,
Un padame yen idhayam , yennalum ninaikka cheyvay. (Andai Naan)
Mother I would worship you for six weeks continuously,
Please shower the rain of mercy and occupy my mind,
You know my problem, , You know my sorrow,
Please make your feet stand in my mind forever.
3.Thayumundu Thanthai undu , bandamundu, pasamundu,
Yar irundum yenna payan , thaye un arul illayel,
Cheyaka yethiduvay, sevadi vangukiren,
Thay cheyai anaippadu pol , aravanaithu kathiduvay. (Anadai naan..)
I have mother , father , relations and affection,
But if your grace is not there , what is the use of some one being there,
Consider me as your baby , I salute your feet,
And hug me like a mother does her baby,
And protect me in your tight embrace.
Sad guru roopini Kamakshi,
Sathya swaroopini Kamakshi,
Chandra mouleeswari Kamakshi,
Saranam saranam Kamakshi
Kamakshi who is the form of divine Guru,
Kamakshi who is the form of truth,
Kamakshi who wears the crescent of moon
Kamakshi, I surrender, I surrender
Aadhi shivan devi Kamakshi
Aadhi para Shakthi Kamakshi,
Sranam saranam Kamakshi
Kamakshi is the wife of primeval Shiva,
Kamakshi who is the primeval divine power,
Kamakshi who is the goddess of all universe,
Kamakshi, I surrender, I surrender
Second week song
Swarathodum Nayathodum pada vanden
Swarathodum nayathodum pada varam tharuvai,
Kanchi Kama koti peetam Jagat Guru Vanangidum nee
Please give me a bon to sing the songs nicely with proper Swaras,
Oh Goddess who is worshipped by Jagad Guru of Kanchi.
Mamara thoppinile mangadu pathiyinile,
Mayamay maraindhu nindru Aavin pal kudithavale
She who drank milk hiding her form,
In the mango garden of Mangadu
1.Irandam vaaram ithu , innalgal pokkiduvay.
Elumichai maruthal pol , en manathai mathiduvay,
Thaye Kamakshi , Thangona thuyar thudaippay,
Thava kolam poondavale , Darniyellam aandavale
Oh Goddess who did penance , Oh Goddess who ruled the earth,
This is the second week , destroy all my problems,
Like the fruit of lime , change my mind,
Oh Mother Kamakshi , remove the unbearable sorrow.
2.Maantharin kurai theerkkum mangala roopiniye,
Mangadu pathi vazhum dukka nivariniye,
Mangalam undaka manam urugi vandene,
Sangarar vazhiyile saranadaithen unnai Umma.
Oh God with the auspicious form who removes the want of people,
Oh Goddess who removes sorrows and who lives in town of Mangadu,
I have come here with a melted mind so that I would get auspiciousness,
In the path of Sankara and mother I have surrendered to you.
Third week song
Nee Arulavidil vazhvethu
Nee arulavidil Vazhvedhu, Kamakshiye,
Vilyattal shivan udal pathi vilangum
Oh Kamakshi , just with a play, you have occupied half of the body of Shiva,
And how can there be a good life without your mercy.
Unnai Vanangavidil naan vazhvedu,
Sangadangal theerkkum thayallavo –mana,
Chanchalangal pokkum marundallavo.
Without saluting you where is life,
For are you not the mother who removes sorrow,
And are you not the medicine that removes worries.
1.Mukkalamum unarntha mudal maniye –yen,
“moondram varam idhi varam aliye,\
Nar padai veetinile koluvirukkum,
Nayagiye uyar nava maniye.
Oh first gem who knew past , present and future,
This is my third week, give me boons,
Oh Lady who sits along with four parts of army,
Oh very valuable new gem.
Fourth week song
Ammanai pol oru deivam
Ammanai pol oru arul tharum deivam,
Akilathil undo un Shakthi pola
Is there any Goddess who showers the grace,
Like her in the universe like Goddess Shakthi.
Un thalam thanai nadi vandhidum bhakthar koti,
Vandhorkku vazhvalikkum kali yuga kadavul amma.
The crores of devotees have come seeking your place,
And you are the Goddess of the Kali age ,
Who gives happy life to all those who come here.
1.Nal naangu Vedangal pothidum nayagiye,
Nangaam vaarmidhil nalam pala cheythiduvay,
Manal thanil pithan uruvam thanai tharithu,
Mana vazhkkai kondavale , magizhvinai alippavale.
Oh Goddess who is praised by the four good Vedas,
This is the fourth week , please do lot of good things,
You who wore the form of Lord Shiva on the sand,
And entered married life, You who gives happiness.
2.Veda purani saranam saranam,
Vijaya Narayani saranam saranam
AAdhi Kamakshi saranam saranam
Amme Narayani saranam saranam
I surrender , surrender to you who is in Vedas and Puranas,
I surrender , surrender to the Narayani who wins,
I surrender, surrender to primeval Kamakshi,
I surrender, surrender to mother Narayani.
Fifth week song
Anjudhal Vedam ammaa
Raga Raga Malikai
Anjudhal vendam ayya –indha Kamakshi ,
Ammanai thudipoorkku , agadathu illai ayya,
Kenjudhal vendu mayya –namum,
Kelatha varam koduthidum deivam ayya.
Sir, there is no need to fear , for those who pray this mother Kamaksi,
For there is nothing impossible for them,
We Should beg her sir, for,
She is the goddess who gives unasked boons.
Nal nenjam udayorkku nal yellam nalam alippal,
Kal nenja mudayorkku kathirundhu arul purivaal,
Uul nenjil ondru vaithu puram ondru pesuvorkkum-varam,
Arul nemjam udayavalaam Mangadu amman aval.
For people with a good heart she gives happiness through out the day,
For the hard hearted ones, she would wait to show her grace,
And even for those who have something in their heart but speak some thing else,
The mother of Mangadu has a merciful heart.
Or kayil kiliyodum , maru kayil karumbodum,
Mangala kakshi tharum “sree chakram “ udayavalaam,
Iyndham varam ithil iyangal pokki nirkkum-puvi,
AAlum nayagiyam aananda rukhmaniyam.
With a parrot in one hand and sugarcane in the other,
She is auspicious looking and has the “Sree Chakra” with her,
She would remove all the doubts in this fifth week and she is,
The Goddess who rules and is personification of joy.
Jaya jaya devi Kamakshi
Janani Saraswathi Palaya Maam,
Jaya jaya devi Kamakshi,
Mangala Chandi palaya maam
Victory, victory to Goddess Kamakshi,
Oh Mother, Oh Saraswathi, please protect me,
Victory, victory to Goddess Kamakshi,
Oh Auspecious Chandika please protect me.
Sixth week song
Kanchiyil Mana kolam
Ragam Ananda Bhairavi
Kanchiyil Mana kkolam, Mangattil thava kolam,
Kondaval Kamakshi , nee devi
You goddess Kamakshi ,
In Kanchipuram you are in the form for wedding,
In Mangadu , you are in the form for penance.
Sankararum thuditha , mangadu pathiyile ,
Easwaranai vendi , Agniyil irundavale.
You were prayed by Adhi Shankara ,
You are in the town of Mangadu,
And you did penance in fire,
To get married to Lord Shiva.
1.Nee andha velai thannil , Easwaran kan modi,
Ulaginil udithayo, yengalukku arul puriya,
Yeninda kolamendru , naan arindhen amma,
Ezhai yenai kakka, Avadarithay Amma
At that time, you closed the eyes of Lord Shiva,
And were born in this world , to show your grace to us.
I understood why you took this form mother,
For mother you took this form to protect this poor me.
2. Aaram vara mithil Palodu pazham konarnthen,
Ninaithathu nadakkumendru Koorai, ithi tharunam,
Pasamudan naane palavorkkum eendhiduven,
Nesamudan unakku nan vaitha palinaya.
In this sixth week , I have brought fruit and milk,
Please tell that my desires would be fulfilled, for this is the time.
With affection I would give it to several people,
The milk that I offered you with love.
Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi ,
Kasi Visalakshi palaya maam,
Anna poorne shankari , Gangai matha,
Akhilandeswari Saranam, saranam
Protect me Kamakshi of Kanchi,
Meenakshi of Madurai and Visalakshi of Benares
I surrender, surrender Annapoorni , Shankari,
Mother Ganges and Goddess of universe.
Thiruvilakku Song (to be sung on sixth week)
Vilakkinai yethi vaithom
Raga Ananda Bhairavi
Kuthu vilakkinai yethi vaithom –indha,
Kuvalayathil engalai Kathiduvai,
Yethunai idar varinum yethiduvom –ini,
Yem thunai ulaginil neeyallavo.
We lit the ceremonial lamp ,
Please protect us in this world,
We would bear all problems that we get,
For you are our support in this world.
1.Sothhu sugangalum nilaipathu undo-indha,
Manida janamamum nilaipputhundo,
Sudha puthiyudan unnai thozhudal-Vazhvil,
Metha palan varum unmayandro.
Are wealth and happiness permanent,
Does this human life last for ever,
If we salute you with a clean heart,
It is true that we would get great results.
2.Nithan nitham unai thozhudu vanthal –vazhvil,
Putham puthu suvai perugum andro,
Mandargal pothidum nayagiye –arul,
Mangadu vaaz thiru kamakshiye.
If daily we continue worshipping you ,
In this life newer and newer tastes will flow,
Oh Leader whom the people worship,
Oh Kamakshi who lives in this divine Mangadu.
Amma Saranam, Thaye Saranam,
Mana kkurai theerthu mangala vazhvu ,
Thandhiduval yengal Deepalalshmi
I surrender to you mother,
I surrender to you mother,
I surrender , surrender to the Alamo which is Lakshmi,
Our divine lamp would remove all my worries,
And provide me with a very good life.